Final Verdict: ‘Butcher Of Bosnia’ Ratko Mladic sentenced to Life in Prison!

The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Courts today pronounced the final verdict against Ratko Mladic. He was sentenced to life in prison. This war criminal, who was the commander-in-chief of the Army of the Republika Srpska, was found guilty today in the final verdict, after which there is no appeal, on 10 of the 11 counts in the indictment.

Ratko Mladic is guilty under Count 2

He is guilty of genocide in Srebrenica. Ratko Mladic, along with others, formulated a common goal to eliminate Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica by killing men and boys and forcibly removing women, children and some older men. In the days that followed, more than 8,000 men and boys were executed in various locations, while women, children, and some older men were expelled.

He is guilty under Count 3 of persecution

The municipalities Ratko Mladic is charged with are Banja Luka, Bijeljina, Foca, Ilidza, Kalinovik, Kljuc, Kotor Varos, Novi Grad, Pale, Prijedor, Rogatica, Sanski Most, Sokolac, Trnovo and Vlasenica, as well as persecution from Srebrenica. The aim of the persecution is the permanent removal of Muslims and Croats between May 12, 1992 and November 30, 1995, prosecutors say, alleging that towns and villages were attacked with the intention of taking power.

He is guilty under counts 4, 5 and 6 for extermination and murder

He is guilty of the crimes of extermination and murder, which were part of the goal of all three joint criminal enterprises for which Ratko Mladic is accused – “removing the non-Serb population from the area claimed by Serbs, spreading terror among the civilian population of Sarajevo and conducting sniping campaigns; shelling, the elimination of Bosnian Muslims from Srebrenica, as well as the forcible removal of women, children and some elderly men. ”

He is guilty of counts 7 and 8, which include deportation and inhumane acts

This count of the indictment includes arrest without a warrant, torture, killing, rape, destruction of houses, cultural monuments and religious buildings. They forced Muslims and Croats to flee their homes and places. Others were physically expelled, prosecutors said. By the end of 1992, most of the non-Serb population had been forcibly displaced, and deportations and inhumane acts continued until the end of the 1995 war.

He is also guilty of counts 9 and 10 for terrorizing and illegally attacking Sarajevo From April 1992 until the end of the war, Sarajevo was shelled and sniped. Thousands of civilians of all ages were killed by this campaign. Ratko Mladic was a participant in this joint criminal enterprise aimed at spreading terror among the civilian population of Sarajevo.

He is also guilty under Count 11 for taking UN soldiers hostage

After NATO forces launched airstrikes on VRS military targets on 25 and 26 May 1995, Serb forces captured more than two hundred peacekeepers and UN military observers at various locations, some of them harassed.

In June 1995, peacekeepers and military observers were exchanged on several occasions. Mladic was acquitted only under Count 1, as well as in the first-instance verdict which refers to the indictment for genocide in Prijedor, Sanski Most, Kotor Varos, Kljus, Vlasenica and Foca, Klix.ba writes.

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